FEATURED PROFESSIONAL: Dan Miller, Ph.D, Precision Forestry LLC

 FEATURED PROFESSIONAL: Dan Miller, Ph.D, Precision Forestry LLC

For many forest owners, their forests are an investment and a good return is desired.  Many of these forests are regenerated naturally using the seedlings and saplings that remain after harvests.  This regeneration may not be as free as it seems if these future crop trees are not growing rapidly from the start.  The key to rapid growth is vigor.  Leaving green trees with poor vigor can create the appearance of a well stocked and healthy forest but can significantly delay the development of the young forest.  Low vigor trees that have been suppressed by the shade of overstory trees or by competition in overly dense stands have become adapted to growing under those conditions.  Once tree growth slows and stabilizes at a reduced rate, it takes years, and sometimes decades, for them to recover.  This delay adds years to the rotation length and reduces the financial returns.  Green isn’t always good, and the key to managing a successful natural regeneration program lies in being able to recognize and evaluate tree vigor. The following indicators can be used to evaluate tree vigor.

The best indicator of tree vigor is the amount of foliage or live branches on the tree.  This is best expressed as the percent of total tree height occupied by a full complement of live branches (the crown).  Foresters call this percentage the live crown ratio (LCR).  Trees with 40% or more of their total height with this full complement of live branches are currently growing well or have the potential to resume rapid growth relatively quickly.  Trees with smaller crowns may require many years to resume rapid growth.  Some species such as western redcedar may never recover from suppressed conditions.

Annual height growth (new top growth above the highest branches) of six to eight inches on trees over three feet tall is also a good indicator of tree vigor.  Trees with poor vigor grow only a few inches every year.

Diameter growth is directly related to the amount of foliage on the tree and is a good indicator of vigor and growth potential. Diameter growth is difficult to assess visually but the width of the most recent growth rings should exceed 1/8 inch.

Trees  damaged by logging with broken tops, large bark scrapes, or with many branches broken off are not good trees to leave for future crop trees.  Breaks and scrapes allow decay to develop which will reduce the future value of the tree.  These trees may be well suited for wildlife trees however.

Selecting and saving high vigor regeneration or replacing poor vigor trees by planting seedlings is the best way to insure that your future forest will be both productive and healthy.

Do I Need to Re-Think My Management Approach? By: Luke Machtolf, ACF, CF

Do I Need to Re-Think My Management Approach?

 By: Luke Machtolf, ACF, CF, Northwest Management, Inc.

I recently had an interesting discussion with a landowner regarding forest management philosophies on NIPF (non-industrial private forestland) ownerships in light of the severe wildfire seasons we have been experiencing.  This gentleman asked me if he should harvest more aggressively to prevent loss due to wildfire.

I have revisited this topic in my mind several times since then.  I imagine many landowners in the Inland West have considered these same questions:  “Should I cut now?  Should I cut more?  It’s just going to burn up anyway…!”  My response would be:  “No – there is more to consider.”

While unique and beneficial in countless ways, forests are an asset that should be managed with a similar approach to any other asset one may possess.  Making decisions based primarily on fear is never good and I would caution landowners from falling into this mode of thinking.  No matter how many prevention measures a forest manager takes, there is no such thing as a “fire-proof” forest.  Northwest Management, Inc. would recommend that landowners be perceptive and follow a few basic guidelines: 1. Be Prepared 2.  Stick to “The Plan” 3.  Get Help!

Being a prepared forestland owner may include various aspects.  These include having an updated Forest Management Plan, a valid cutting permit (or FPA), knowledge of market conditions, cutting lines established, timber marked for sale, stream management zones delineated, etc.  Not all of these will be necessary for each landowner; however, having some provisions taken care of will save valuable time in the event of a salvage harvest.  For Washington landowners, we would strongly encourage having a valid Forest Practice Application (FPA) – especially if the property has streams or wetlands.  Long-Term FPAs (valid for 15 years and one 15-year renewal) are a great option, particularly for larger ownerships, which have multiple entries planned over a management cycle.

“Stick to the Plan!”  Have a well-designed Forest Management Plan that is tailored to your objectives/philosophy and execute it to your best ability.  Leave room for adaptation, but the goals should remain unchanged.  A well-managed forest will inherently be more resilient to natural disturbances, beetles, and pathogens; however, a forest is still a forest.  Such events will happen and a certain amount of our management is always going to be “reactive” to them.

Obtaining professional assistance always pays off in the long run.  Utilizing consulting foresters, professional contractors, tax advisors and the like will not only save you time and money, but also protect your interests throughout the entire process.  Being an involved and engaged landowner is always good, but it is nice to know you have a support system behind you – people that handle these things for a living.

Forests are complex ecosystems with many aspects out of our control.   Prudent managers and landowners should take actions to limit their risks, while still working with their forests and not compromising their goals.

Sustainable Forestry Tour Hits Home Run with Educators

Sustainable Forestry Tour Hits Home Run with Educators

The concept of sustainable forestry came alive for a group of educators and counselors who invested a week of their time in an on-the-ground forest tour and learning experience. Forty-three participants including elementary, high school and A/P level teachers and school counselors participated in the Idaho Forest Products Commission’s annual “Sustainable Forestry Tour.” During the week-long hands-on, on-the-ground experience, participants were immersed in all aspects of the forest products industry from nurseries and plantations to logging and wood and paper manufacturing.

Throughout the tour, forest professionals, landowners, business owners and representatives from state and federal agencies gave presentation about their role in the ongoing cycle of sustainable forestry. “This is an experience that changes the way educators think about forests, forest products and manufacturing,” according to Michelle Youngquist, IFPC Education Coordinator. “Counselors have a new appreciation for industry jobs and opportunities. There really is nothing like seeing the entire forest cycle and meeting the real people who make it happen.” The experience doesn’t end with the tour. Participants learned how to take their experience back to the classroom and share with their students through a variety of activities, materials and teaching aids.

The tour is made possible by over 60 sponsors including and the Idaho Forest Products Commission. Learn more about the tour at www.idahoforests.org/tour.htm. For more information, contact Michelle at or 208/334-4061.

Here are a few comments from this year’s participants:

  • I am much more optimistic about the future of our natural resources now than I was before taking the tour. The dedication, professionalism, and the commitment that the individuals we spent time with exhibited was very encouraging.
  • My perception of what is a healthy forest has done a 180. I would have looked at an old forest and thought it was healthy, now I know better. I have always had great respect and a little envy for foresters and forestry and still do. I use the products every day and am happy to see they will be there in the future.
  • I wasn’t aware how invested in sustainability the foresters and industries were. It truly takes all of the partnerships to make all the pieces come together.
  • I am impressed with their dedication and love of the land. They showed me how much the land means to them. Yes economically but also emotionally.
  • One of the most important things I have learned is that it is important and necessary to cut trees. Also, the thoughts and purpose that go into forest management is very aggressive for the good of all.
  • I honestly knew nothing about forestry. I could say I didn’t look favorably on logging, especially clear cutting. This opinion was completely based on ignorance. I learned (more than I can remember) how important the logging process is and how certain animals can thrive after a clear cut.
  • I learned forests need to be managed to sustain healthy growth. The US Forest Service has its hands tied in trying to improve the health of federal lands.

Youth Corps Program Investing in the Future

Youth Corps Program Investing in the Future

For a small collection of area teenagers, the Clearwater Basin Youth Conservation Corps program presented an eye opening experience this past summer.

Twenty area youth between the ages of 16 and 19 recently completed eight weeks of training and employment through the Clearwater Basin Youth Conservation Corps (CBYCC) program.

The CBYCC program builds on the familiar Youth Conservation Corps and Idaho Youth Conservation Corps programs. It was initiated in 2013 when the Clearwater Basin Collaborative, Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests and Idaho Department of Labor became partners developing a youth program responsive to legislation authorizing the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP). That language encouraged CFLRP participants to provide local employment or training opportunities for youth.

“Individually none of us could have pulled this together. It took a true group effort to make this happen,” explained Tera King, Clearwater Basin Collaborative coordinator for the effort.

Program participants were recruited by the Idaho Department of Labor in May. After an interview and selection process, they were assigned to one of four work crews—two in the Kooskia area and single crews in Grangeville and Orofino.

In June, the crews began an intensive training and work program designed to expose participants to an array of natural resource careers and experiences. Entry level forest work was provided and overseen by the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Land Management and Idaho Firewise. The program was administered by Framing our Community and the Clearwater Resource and Conservation Development (RC&D) program.

It’s all about teamwork on a trail clearing operation.

Crews participated in a well-rounded program featuring lessons and work experience in the fields of silviculture (the growing and cultivation of trees), engineering, aquatic habitat and stream monitoring, and wildlife habitat monitoring and restoration. They also learned about the importance of defensible space, removing vegetation to create firebreaks. Members received instruction regarding maintenance needs at recreation sites and worked to spruce up some the area’s beloved sites including Lookout Butte, Hemlock Lookout, the Lochsa Historic Trail and the Lewis and Clark Trail.

“They get so much out of it,” said crew leader Nat Davis, who said working in this capacity has been personally very rewarding.

“This year’s crew really jelled,” he said. The program is transformative for young people, he explained. “They come into it timid and unsure. They don’t even know what questions to ask. What you observe week to week is confidence building and team building.

Everybody lets their guard down and see the possibilities of what we can get done. It’s an eye opening experience.

“He said the morale and camaraderie amongst the group was excellent. “They didn’t complain hardly ever,” he noted, despite being worked hard.

Crew leader Melanie Martinez agreed. “Over the course of the season, I noticed my crew support one another and encourage each other.

“The benefits to participants of a YCC crew are many; crew members gain self-esteem, learn work ethic, discover unique talents, learn to use various tools, learn problem solving skills, gain appreciation for public lands and stewardship of them, earn money, learn time management, preparedness and responsibility. Along with all of this, the crew experience our beautiful Idaho wilderness and avenues to natural resource careers.”

The program gives youth a taste of everything and encourages critical thinking on how to manage the land. It also motivates youth to look beyond where they are and the possibilities of a career in any number of fields, explained Davis. “By the time they get done you have a graduate who is tailored to what professionals are doing out of college.”

At the conclusion of the program all participants received instruction in and building a resume. Most of all, they appreciated the opportunity to do “real work.”

The program officially concluded Aug. 6 with a celebration of accomplishments. On Aug. 7 a committee met to evaluate the 2015 program and begin planning for 2016, a year King hopes will see an even better program with diversified funding and more partners.

Individuals who are interested in the continuation and improvement of this youth program can donate to the Clearwater Basin Youth Conservation Corps program through the Clearwater RC&D website: www.clearwaterrcd.org/donate.

-Article taken from Clearwater Progress, Kamiah, Idaho  August 13, 2015

FEATURED PROFESSIONAL: Eric Clippinger, Forester, Northwest Management, Inc.

Your Forest Management Plan

A forest management plan is a tool that provides a landowner with direction for the management of the property.  The plan consists of several sections briefly outlined below.

The process of developing your management plan starts with you.  As a landowner you must consider why you own the land.  Developing your management goals and objectives, which will become the centerpiece of your plan, is the first phase of the management plan.  Issues you might consider include forest health, wildlife concerns, aesthetic concerns, recreational concerns, and monetary concerns.  Each concern will influence the way your management plan develops.  This may be the most difficult part of developing the management plan; however, it is also probably the single most important part of your plan.

The next step in developing a management plan is to evaluate the current condition of the resource.  This will define the path between where the property is today and where you would like to see the property in the future.

Property characteristics which are important include the legal descriptions, the location and access to the property, the general topography, and the water and soils. These items influence the silvicultural treatments (if any) which are available for moving the property toward the desired future stand. The topography of your land drastically limits and influences the desired management option. Of primary interest on management of the property is water and soil. Streams, wetlands and associated riparian areas provide many ecosystem services and are vital to the health of local fish and wildlife.  The soil can influence the timing of management activities, the type of management activity, the vegetation the site is capable of supporting, and the potential production of the site.  For instance, a particular soil type may exhibit rapid runoff, and high erosion potential.

Vegetation characteristics include a description of the timber and vegetation, habitat type, species composition, and preferred species for reforestation.  This section also includes information on wildlife habitat, site productivity, growth projections, and fuel hazard management.

The timber is probably the most valuable resource found on the property.  This is why a significant portion of the management plan is dedicated solely to the timber resource.  A timber cruise is the first step for the evaluation of the property.  A timber cruise is a systematic survey of forestlands that provides landowners with an estimate of timber volume, the location of the volume, and the condition of the resource.

The silvicultural prescription includes activities which vary from planting seedlings to thinning saplings to harvesting the timber in some areas. The treatments of areas on the property are described and alternative treatments may be discussed.  In some cases, State or Federal Regulations restrict the type of activity for a parcel of land.  If the forest is healthy, then doing nothing to the property and letting the trees grow might be the prescription. The silvicultural treatments facilitate your goals and objectives.

A management plan needs to be flexible enough to change as your personal goals and objectives change and should consider changes in the timber markets as well. It is important to note, your plan is a tool which should work for you, not against you.

Forest Collaboration: The Biggest Story in Forestry Since 1945

By: Jim Petersen, Founder and President, The Evergreen Foundation

For 30 years now, I have been writing about and advocating for science-based, active management of federal forests in the western United States.

Until recently, I have felt like I was living in a front line trench – an experience not unlike that which Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. spoke of in an 1895 Memorial Day address to the graduating class at Harvard University.

Holmes, who was a Supreme Court Justice from 1902 to 1932, had been a First Lieutenant in the Massachusetts Twentieth during the Civil War, and had been wounded three times in battle. “We have shared the incommunicable experience of war,” he told members of the graduating class. “We have felt, we still feel, the passion of life to its top. In our youths, our hearts were touched with fire.”

I felt the same way during Evergreen’s early years, when we were up to our eyeballs in congressionally mandated public comment periods involving at least a dozen decadal forest plans. Then serial litigators wrecked the entire planning process, and the thousands that we had recruited went home tired, disappointed and disgusted. “Never again,” many said of their time in the trenches.

Who could blame them? Certainly not me; but I soldiered on in hopes of better days ahead.

Better days finally came this spring, more than 25 years after I translated my last federal forest plan into plain English for Evergreen’s 100,000 readers. These days, we rarely publish print editions of our work, but we do maintain what will soon be the most widely visited forestry website in the world.

I attribute our mercurial rise on the worldwide web to what happened this spring when we launched a major investigation into “Forest Collaboration,” a little understood public process invented and blessed by the same Congress that mandated public comment periods when it ratified the National Forest Management Act in 1976.

Before we launched our investigation, the little that I knew about collaboration I had learned from friends and colleagues: Vincent Corrao, who publishes this newsletter and is a member of our Evergreen Foundation Board of Directors; Duane Vaagen, a Colville, Washington lumberman and friend of 20 years; and Scott Atkison, president of the Idaho Forest Group. Scott’s grandfather, Dick Bennett, is an old friend and Evergreen donor.

My journalist’s instincts [I have been a working reporter since 1961] told me this story would best be told through the eyes and words of those who are living it: lumbermen, loggers, conservationists, state and federal forest managers, county commissioners and members of Congress – all of them hell bent on finding an alternative to serial litigation of federal forest plans and projects.

I thus opted for a Question and Answer format that would give those I interviewed the opportunity to tell their stories in their own words. As is my long-standing habit, I also insist that my interviewees proof their words. Accuracy is essential and changes in substance or tone are most welcome. This story is too important to allow the slightest perception of bias to enter.

In my opinion, the evolution of collaboration is easily the most important forestry story to come down the pike since 1945, the year the Democrat controlled government opened the West’s federal forests to large scale timber management.

So what have I learned thus far from those interviewed? Here’s a brief summary:

  • Forest collaboration isn’t “negotiation.”
  • The most successful collaboratives involve the most diverse groups of stakeholders – forest users.
  • Success turns on trust and trust can take years to develop.
  • Those who sit around these tables – and hold very different values – soon find that they have more in common where conservation is concerned than they ever imagined.
  • No one engaged in these collaboratives seems interested in “winning” at the expense of another member’s different values.
  • Real friendships have developed between very unlikely partners, and real learning has occurred in some very unlikely places.
  • Some in the Forest Service have embraced collaboration; others seem to view it as a personal affront to their professional skills, if not their congressional mandate.
  • Many in Congress see collaboration as a breath of fresh air, if not a circuitous route around litigation.
  • Success – collaborative projects that have been implemented – can be measured in acres treated and scaled logs delivered to mills. [The wood is not of poor quality as some skeptics have alleged]
  • Collaboration does indeed have its skeptics – those who say it is too inefficient, costly and time consuming, and that it lacks the same legal authorities litigators cite in their appeals.
  • Those who are members of collaborative groups in Idaho and Northeast Washington, where our investigation is focused, agree with their critics and skeptics. They know that the process is slow and inefficient and they hope Congress can find a way to make the process work the way it should – at the landscape level, so that collaborators could develop, say, a 10-year project spanning a half-million acres, then move on to the next half-million acre 10-year project.
  • Some believe these projects should have 20-year time horizons and involve multiple ownerships.
  • Collaboration is only a tool, albeit a very good one for resolving controversial problems involving the manner in which federal forests will be managed in the future.

My two cents worth: if Congress wants this process to work as it surely can it is going to have to insulate collaborative groups and their projects from serial litigators. Thus, binding arbitration is going to have to replace litigation. Otherwise, collaboration will soon fall victim to the same disruptive forces that 30 years ago doomed pubic involvement in the forest planning process.

FEATURED PROFESSIONAL: Luke Fehlig, Forester, Northwest Management, Inc.

Timber Cruisers: Scientists, Artists, and “Something Else”

Our world is becoming digitized. Even the complexities of nature are being disassembled into their components and digitally represented in scientific models to aid in our understanding. Any natural system can be modeled, including forests. However, models are only as good as the data used to create them. Today’s timber cruisers are the hardworking people in the woods assembling the massive datasets necessary to accurately depict the elements that make up forests.

Both modern and old-fashioned, timber cruising is a unique job which requires a high degree of knowledge, skill, and experience.  It truly is a blend of science and art, but great timber cruisers must not only be a scientists and artists, they must also possess a certain something else.

The Science: Timber cruisers usually have formal education in forestry or natural resources.  They have a strong working knowledge of forests and ecology. Correctly identifying and assessing trees and vegetation is crucial.  Evaluating the health and vigor of a tree, noticing insects or diseases that are affecting it, and determining its level of physical defect are tasks that adept timber cruisers must do quickly and accurately.

As all scientists do, timber cruisers take copious measurements. They use an array of precision instruments suited specifically for forestry.  Tools such as diameter tapes, increment bores, and laser hypsometers are specialized adaptations of equipment used in many fields. However, some timber cruising staples such as the ingeniously simple Relaskop are unique to forestry.  Cruisers must be proficient with all tools of their trade.

The Art: On flat, gentle ground with big trees and no brush, timber cruising can literally be a walk in the park. However, when brush obstructs sight, the terrain is uncooperative, or monstrous trees, needing to be included in the plot, are lurking hundreds of feet from plot center, timber cruising is no easy task. This is when it becomes art. Good cruisers can see through trees and brush and envision the plot from a perspective only gained through repetition and experience.  They move in a manner that they never have to retrace their steps –collecting one measurement as they move towards next.  An overwhelmingly complex plot is artfully dissembled into its components; data is collected smoothly and efficiently.

The Undefinable: Timber cruisers routinely venture into rugged mountains, untamed forests, and inclement weather that few sane people would.  Adventure and unpredictability are part of the job and also what attracts them to it. Timber cruisers have a certain wild element to their character.  While the rest of the world is being quantified and neatly categorized, cruisers refuse to be.  They keep their boots on the ground and ensure that we don’t lose connection with the forests we are studying.

Feature References for Future Wood Use

There are many references on the subject of building with wood. We have chosen to highlight these professionals for their innovative ideas.

Joseph Mayo, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP

Solid Wood  by Joseph Mayo provides the first detailed book which allows readers to understand new mass timber/massive wood architecture.

Over the past 10-15 years a renaissance in wood architecture has occurred with the development of new wood building systems and design strategies, elevating wood from a predominantly single-family residential idiom to a rival of concrete and steel construction for a variety of building types, including high rises. This new solid wood architecture offers unparalleled environmental as well as construction and aesthetic benefits, and is of growing importance for professionals and academics involved in green design.

Case studies in this book include the most ambitious academic, hospitality, industrial, multi-family, and wood office buildings in the world.

With discussions from leading architectural, engineering, and material manufacturing firms in Europe, North America and the South Pacific, Solid Wood disrupts preconceived notions and serves as an indispensable guide to twenty-first century wood architecture and its environmental and cultural benefits.

Michael Green, Architect

Michael Green, a TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Talent Search winner teaches and mentors at the University of British Columbia’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA).

Green is calling for rapid systemic change in the way we build. To end the global housing and climate crises, he says we need to get past innovation-stifling regulations and well-meaning but misguided ideas popularized by mainstream media. His proposal: Forget steel, straw, concrete, shipping containers, and rammed earth. Use wood to erect urban skyscrapers. Why are buildings made of wood only a few stories high when trees found in nature are remarkable for their height?

Green says: To build a 20-story building out of cement and concrete, 1,200 tons of carbon dioxide gets released; to construct the same building from wood, 3,100 tons are saved, a difference of about 900 cars taken off the road in a year. As Green notes, 3% of world’s energy goes into the making of steel and 5% goes into the making of concrete. check domain . While most people think of transportation as the main villain when it comes to CO2 emissions, building is actually the true top offender — accounting for 47% of CO2 emissions. Green builds with wood because not only is it unique and beautiful — it reduces CO2 emissions.

Michael Green has shared his deep love of wood — which he first discovered from his grandfather, a woodworker who taught him to “honor a tree’s life by making it as beautiful as you possibly can.” Now, Green designs buildings made of wood and he notices that people have an unusual relationship to wooden walls, columns and ceilings. “They hug it. They touch it,” he says. “Just like snowflakes, no two pieces of wood can be the same anywhere on earth.”

“We have an ethic that the earth grows our food,” says Green. “We should move toward an ethic that the earth should grow our homes.”

As for fires, Green points out that mass timber panels are extremely dense and, thus, don’t catch fire easily — it’s the same principle that makes a log hard to burn. And when a fire does catch, it moves slowly and behaves predictably, allowing for uniform fire safety measures to be put in place.

Green introduces us to sustainable forestry also. He shares that enough wood is grown in North America every 13 minutes for a 20 story building.

A must see video with on building with wood is at: http://www.ted.com/talks/michael_green_why_we_should_build_wooden_skyscrapers

 Danish Wood Initiative

Another entertaining video about wood on YouTube is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fWG7ftl3gI

Enjoy!

Parts of this article are taken from the details listed for Joseph Mayo’s book when purchasing it, and from information on the TED.com website on Michael Green, architect.

Featured Professional: Senator John McGee

Senator John McGee

Senator John McGee

Idaho State Legislature, Serving the Citizens of Caldwell, Greenleaf, and Wilder

The legislature is in the middle of the session. This assumes we will adjourn and go home near the end of March 2006. The first half has been occupied by ratification or rejection of rules by the various state agencies and the property tax issue.

The House approved eight bills in what some lawmakers consider the most sweeping property-tax reform effort in Idaho history — if the measures survive debate in the Senate.

S1299 adds to existing law relating to nonprofit timber protective associations to provide specified restrictions relating to liability of nonprofit timber protective associations while

performing contracts with the state of Idaho or any agency of the state of Idaho. The bill passed the Senate and is now heading to the House.

Lawmakers voted 69-1 to boost the amount homeowner can exempt from taxes on the assessed value of their property to $75,000, from $50,000.

The gulf was wider on a plan to make half of school maintenance and operations funding — about $125 million annually — an obligation of the state general fund, rather than property tax revenue. A half-penny sales-tax increase was approved to increase general-fund revenues. The shift passed 52-17, and the sales-tax increase 37-30.

Supporters said the three measures bring Idahoans “substantive property tax relief.” Homeowners, who now bear nearly two-thirds of Idaho’s $1.1 billion property-tax burden, will see the greatest decrease in their tax payments though other types of property owners, including commercial, agriculture, mining and timber, will see reductions as well.

Many legislators participated in the Forestry Day luncheon which was well attended by our elected officials and a professionally done video produced by the Idaho Forest Product Commission was presented. It was a great event and demonstrated the importance of our industry to the Idaho elected officials.

Announcements 2015

Northwest Management annoucement

2016 Montana Joint Forest Landowner and Society of American Foresters Conference

April 15, 2016  Radisson Colonial Hotel, Helena, MT

Hosted by: Northwest Management, Inc., MT Forest Stewardship Foundation, and SAF. This conference includes Natural Resource Professionals speaking on a diverse array of topics pertinent to private landowners. Key Note Speaker: Dr. Ash Ballantyne, University of Montana, Topic: Montana Climate Impacts Assessment-What does the future look like for MT Forests. Breakout sessions include a variety of topics including Tribal Perspectives on Forest Management, Managing Forest Wildlife, Forest Management Technology, Forest Economics and Government Initiatives, Managing Forest Health, and Montana Forest Collaboratives. Silent auction winners will be announced at the end of the meeting. E-mail Gary at with any questions. Hope to see you there!


 2016 Family Forest Owners/Managers Conference & Exposition

March 28-29, 2016; University Inn Best Western Plus, Moscow, ID;  Hosted by: Idaho Forest Owners Association, Idaho Tree Farm Program, Idaho Department of Lands, UI Extension-Kootenai County, USDA Forest Service, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

This conference is attended by forest landowners and the foresters who advise them, and includes the annual meetings of both the Idaho Forest Owners Association and the Idaho Tree Farm Program. For Registration and more information visit www.idahoforestowners.org.


Featuring NMI Professionals 2015

Northwest Management, Inc. welcomes the following Resource Professionals to our Team of Regular Staff:

Greg Howisey, Forester                Ivan Anastasov, Forest Biometrics, Growth & Yield Modeling
Tiana Luke, Forester                     Adam Herrenbruck, Journalist, Outdoor Enthusiast
Kevin Erixson, Forester
Nate Wilson, Forester
Eric Clippinger, Forester

Publication: Mark Corrao, Ph.D., Licensed Surface Water Professional, and certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control will be published in the Rangelands Journal, October 2015 Issue; Title: Using Science to Bridge Management and Policy: Terracette Hydrologic Function and Water Quality Best Management Practices in Idaho.

Summary: There are 27,481 stream kilometers of nonpoint-source pollution water quality impaired streams in Idaho. Best management practices have been developed to mitigate this pollution; however the need for site-specific research persists to continue their development, and improve application. In the semiarid western U.S. water plays a defining role in public land use, with soil moisture, vegetation, and microtopography being key variables in the hydrologic function of ecosystems. Due to limitations in spatial resolution and computational demands for modeling, rangeland management has not accounted for microtopographic-terracette features, despite recognition of microtopographic influences on soil moisture and the accuracy of modeling variables.

Authors are: Hydrologist, University of Idaho (Corrao); Prof. of Law, University of Idaho (Cosens); Assoc. Prof. of Soil Physics, University of Idaho (Heinse); Research Assist. Prof. University of Idaho-McCall Field Campus (Eitel) and Prof. of Forest Hydrology, University of Idaho (Link).


 2015 Montana Forest Landowner Conference

Friday April 24, 2015  Helena, MT

Hosted by Northwest Management, Inc. and MT Forest Stewardship Foundation. The theme for this year’s conference is “Things that Live in the Forest”. Expert speakers at the conference this year will include botanists, wildlife biologists, and other natural resource specialists who will speak about the diverse array of wildlife, plants, and animals that inhabit Montana forest landscapes. You will develop a heightened awareness of things that you may not be currently seeing in the woods. Have you ever wondered where bats live in your forest? What lichens live in the trees? What critters come out at night or live below the ground and under logs? How birds respond to aspen stand enhancement treatments? These are a few of the topics we hope to explore. In addition we plan to cover some of the long-time favorite subjects such as timber markets and preparing for a timber sale. To register online go to www.consulting-foresters.com/events or www.MTLandowners.com or email for information. Looking forward to seeing you in April!